• Tuesday , 25 July 2017

Felix to start Race 1 from sixth following “messy” qualifying session

Budapest18Felix will start the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend from sixth on the grid following what he labelled a “messy” qualifying outing at the Hungaroring on Friday evening.

After ending up second in the preceding free practice session, Felix had laid the foundations for a strong qualifying performance at the Budapest venue, only to find himself outside the pole position scrap as a combination of factors hindered his progress.

The first half of the 20-minute session was scuppered by traffic, with Felix constantly encountering slower cars as he tried desperately to find an uninterrupted lap.

Once in clear air, the tyres had then lost most of their bite, leaving Felix a disappointed sixth – his frustration depicted by the fact that his eventual best was close to two tenths slower than he’d managed in practice.

Pole position went to Prema Powerteam’s Esteban Ocon, with Felix ending up 0.633s adrift of the Frenchman.

Race 1 takes place tomorrow morning, with a second qualifying session later on Saturday then setting up the grid for Race 2 and 3.

FELIX:

“Less than we expected. It was a very messy session, in which I encountered traffic on each of my first five or six laps. Once I found some clear air, the rears (tyres) had lost most of their grip, and there was little I could do to improve. To add to that, the overall balance was worse than this morning, which I think was due to a change in track conditions. I was almost two tenths slower than in free practice, which probably says it all. Quite simply a session to forget, and I’m already focussing on tomorrow.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 10 1:35.585
2 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:35.669 00.084
3 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:35.881 00.296
4 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 10 1:36.063 00.478
5 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 11 1:36.196 00.611
6 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 11 1:36.218 00.633
7 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:36.332 00.747
8 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 10 1:36.347 00.762
9 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:36.380 00.795
10 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 10 1:36.586 1.001
11 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 10 1:36.692 1.107
12 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:36.736 1.151
13 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 11 1:36.786 1.201
14 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:36.953 1.368
15 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 11 1:36.969 1.384
16 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 11 1:37.111 1.526
17 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 12 1:37.156 1.571
18 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 11 1:37.293 1.708
19 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 11 1:37.325 1.740
20 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 11 1:37.377 1.792
21 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 1:37.496 1.911
22 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 12 1:37.866 2.281
23 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 12 1:37.891 2.306
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 3 1:49.168 13.583
- 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 2 - -

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